Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce two arrests in plot to attack passenger train

(WXYZ) - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has charged two people with planning to perform a terror attack on a passenger train.

The arrests were announced during a news conference Monday afternoon in Toronto. Officials say the train they were planning to attack was in the greater Toronto area. The goal of the plot was apparently to derail a passenger train.

However, they say the men posed no imminent threat.

Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser are accused of conspiring to carry out an attack against a VIA passenger train. They have been charged with conspiring to carry out an attack and "conspiring to murder person unknown for the benefit for, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group."

During the news conference, an RCMP official named the terrorist organization as al Qaida. It was further revealed that the were receiving "direction and guidance" from al Qaida elements in Iran. However, investigators say their is no indication that the plot was state sponsored.

Esseghaier lives in Montreal and Jaser lives in Toronto. The men are not Canadian citizens.

They are expected to appear in a Canadian court on Tuesday.

VIA Rail is a system of passenger trains that serve many different cities across Canada. The company offers service from both Windsor and Sarnia.

The 7 Action News team spoke with passengers who were getting off of a passenger train in Windsor to get their reaction.




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